The core value of Servant Leadership is taught in all grade levels at SCCS. Each February, 7th through 12th grade students get to apply what they’ve learned by partnering with local nonprofits and ministries for two days filled with service. On February 22nd and 23rd, students served in various capacities from preparing
food for homeless individuals, maintaining hiking trails at The Oaks and encouraging senior citizens at assisted living facilities, to writing notes to SCCS alumni in the military and cleaning recent fire-damaged buildings at Miracle Mountain, a ministry of Hollywood Impact Studios.
“iServe gives students an opportunity to practice what they have been taught, see how their faith can be lived out and shows students the importance of establishing a regular pattern of service in their lives,” explained Natalie Clapper, Student Activities Coordinator.
“We try to provide service opportunities that students can continue throughout the year. iServe changes students’ views of serving not just the ‘needy’ but rather the community as a whole. They might not realize the impact something as simple as baking someone cookies or setting up for Sunday School or even sitting and talking with a senior citizen can have. God calls us to be servants, and not just to certain people, but to ALL of his people.”
This opportunity of real faith living has become a cornerstone of the SCCS difference and students often mention its impact during graduation speeches.
Additionally, community and friendship are fostered as students serve alongside each other and realize how much they have been given.
“We do not want students to simply be able to recite bible verses but to know how to live a life that is honoring to the Lord,” continued Clapper. “As the juniors and seniors are preparing to graduate and move on from the protection that SCCS can provide, iServe gives students an opportunity to see the depth of God’s grace in our lives and His unending compassion for us.”
During iServe 2018, students and teachers partnered with the following organizations: Fred Jordan Missions, Gentle Barn, Crossroads Community Church, Real Life Church, Grace Baptist Church, Hollywood Impact Studios, Bridge to Home, several retirement homes, packages for first responders (mostly in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties), packages for military alumni, Special Olympics, SCCS resource center, Help the Children Warehouse, mobile home park off of Sierra Highway, and The Oaks.